5.6 Distance Education

5.6 Distance Education

Westminster offers a limited number of courses through Distance Education. All Distance Education courses require a standard $100 fee per course in addition to course tuition. The following chart reflects Apologetics and Systematic courses that will be offered through Distance Education during the Fall semester of each academic year.

Academic Year Credits Offered Distance Education
2012-2013 & 2013-2014
AP 101 Introduction to Apologetics
3 credits Fall 2012 & Fall 2013
ST 131 Survey of Reformed Theology 3 credits Fall 2012 & Fall 2013

The following chart reflects a limited number of Practical Theology and counseling courses that will be offered through Distance Education in the 2012-2013 academic year. These courses will be offered on campus during the years in which they are not offered through Distance Education.

Academic Year Credits Offered Distance Education
PTC 221 Counseling and Physiology 2 credits Fall 2012
PTC 243 Theology and Secular Psychology 3 credits Spring 2013
PTC 178 Helping Relationships 3 credits Spring 2013

Students in the masters level degree programs may take a maximum of five distance education courses. Certificate students are limited to distance education courses totaling twelve credits.

Courses may be applied towards the M.A.C. degree program and the Certificate programs. All courses except PT 173 may be applied to the M.A.R. and M.Div. degree programs. PTC 261 Human Personality and PT 173 Biblical Interpretation apply to the M.A.U.M. degree program. Please see the sections for the particular degree program and the course description for other possible restrictions.

Students must take a minimum number of credit hours on Westminster’s campus, as stated in the transfer of credit policy in section 5.2.3.d. Since courses taken through Distance Education are not considered courses taken on Westminster’s campus, the number of course credits taken through Distance Education will reduce accordingly the number of course credits approved for transfer credit into a Westminster degree program.

In order to receive credit for one of these courses, a student must be admitted to Westminster and register during the normal registration periods. A fee for course materials, in addition to tuition, is also required. See Financial Information section 8.3.c.

Students taking distance education courses must have regular internet access and an email address. In addition, students must have an mp3 player or a computer program that can play mp3 audio files, compressed audio files that can be digitally stored.

Westminster is mandated to meet the requirements of the state in which a student resides in order to offer distance courses to those students. Requirements vary by state and Westminster is working to apply these state department of education regulations.

The Registrar’s Office needs to approve each student’s course registration for distance courses, to ensure Westminster is authorized to offer courses in the student’s state of residence. Please note, currently Westminster does not have authorization to offer distance courses to students living in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

This list is subject to change. Please email accreditation@wts.edu with questions regarding your state or to request an updated list.